Should Juveniles Be Sentenced For Life?

2370 Words Apr 28th, 2015 10 Pages
I. Question Presented

Whether Brandon Moore should be sentenced for life due to crimes he committed at age of fifteen, or receive a chance to parole.
II. Brief Answer

Yes, Brandon More will most likely have a chance of parole, because live sentence for juveniles is too cruel and is against VIII amendment.
III. Facts

In 2001, 15 years old Columbus, OH resident Brandon Moore along with another teen kidnapped robbed and raped 22 year old woman. The woman was abducted as she arrived for an evening work shift and was repeatedly raped at gun point before being released. Brandon was tried as an adult and convicted of armed kidnapping, robbery and gang rape in the 2001. Moore now 29 received multiple sentences in total of 112- years in prison in 2008. Couple weeks ago Moore’s lawyer argued that a 112-year prison sentence imposed on a convicted rapist should be overturned because it amounts to an unconstitutional life term for crimes he committed at age 15.
IV. Rules
Eight Amendment imposes States to give the juveniles opportunity to parole, because it prohibits courts from giving cruel sentences. “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” U.S. Const. Amend. VIII.
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